Here’s a Letter to the Editor of the El Paso Times:
It was reported that “hardly anyone” in El Paso recycles and therefore it is uncertain whether recycle service will be resumed. Today (Dec 29) there were literally hundreds of cars trying to take their recycle material to the westside location. It too us over an hour and a half for something that should only take 15 minutes. If “hardly anyone” recycles then why is it that almost every other house on any street had a recycle bin out for service? What really needs to be done is more research on how to use the recycled material.
Holli Berry, West El Paso
I think the real takeaway from this information is that Halle Barry lives in West El Paso, and she’s into recycling.
This is another example of the City of El Paso telling stories and getting caught out.
The real reason the City’s not recycling anymore is because there’s no money in it. China’s not taking our plastic. They’ve got enough.
But the City sold us their recycling program as environmentally virtuous, instead of telling us it was a money-maker. Now that the money’s gone, the City has to tell us another lie to cover up the first one.
They wanted to look like girlfriends when really they were whores.
Look at this story from National Geographic:
Of the 8.3 billion metric tons that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only nine percent has been recycled. The vast majority—79 percent—is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter.
If you want to do something for the planet, consume less. Buy less single-use plastic. Take your own bags to the grocery store. Ride your bike. Learn that who you are isn’t defined by what you own.
Also, that west side Citizens Collection Station is only open on Tuesdays. Christmas makes a lot of trash, and there are Christmas trees to get rid of.
The City said they didn’t have the workforce required to man those centers. I reckon under pandemic-related budget pressure, City Staff decided to cut back on services . You’d think the City could put some of those overpaid slugs in the Economic Development Department to work sorting trash.
Can’t be lot different than the job they’re doing now.